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Sep 18, 2012 6:00pm EDT
jones released video that shows romney dismissing supporters of president obama. >> 47%. people will vote for the president no matter what. 47% are with him. they depend on government. they believe that they are victims who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them. >> woodruff: the republican nominee goes on to say that obama voters don't care about his plans for tax cuts. >> these are people who pay no income tax. 47% of americans pay no income tax. our message of low taxes doesn't connect. he'll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich. that's what they sell every four years. so my job is not to worry about those people. i'll never convince them. that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. >> woodruff: romney's reference to the 47% who pay no federal income taxes draws roughly on data from the nonpartisan tax policy center. the group's analysis further shows more than a quarter of americans pay payroll taxes without incurring income tax liability. other groups paying no federal income tax include elderly people on social
PBS
Sep 18, 2012 5:30pm EDT
conference. >> i am speaking off the cuff in response to a question. >> the obama campaign raced out a new advertisement. >> it shows he thinks that half of the country feels like victims. >> victims, i would not say so. >> the real problem is this is not a one-off. he spent the last days explaining away controversial remarks rather than punching home his big message. and his campaign seems to have descended into bickering panicked by the polls. in the race for the why house, barack obama and mitt romney were neck-and-neck but after the party conventions, the president called a head. -- pulled ahead. >> the campaign has been ragged around the edges. it needs to be sharpened. the candidates to be focused. he is no worse than two. behind. he is no worse than even with money. romney is strong the last to get better. >> mitt romney and the president agree the gulf between their visions -- the candidates is learning that dismissing voters on the other side of the divide is not good politics. >> how pivotal a row with its recording play in the presidential campaign? for answers we turn to a staf
PBS
Sep 18, 2012 7:00pm EDT
magazine mother jones. in his comments, romney described supporters of president obama as "dependent upon the government." >> there are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. all right, there are 47% who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name- it. that-- that's an entitlement, and the government should give it to them. and they will vote for this president no matter what. >> tom: now, late last night, romney said his comments were about the political process of attracting voters. >> of course, individuals are going to take responsibility for their lives. my campaign is about helping people take more responsibility and becoming employed again, particularly those who don't have-- don't have work. this whole campaign is focused on getting people jobs again, putting people back to work. >> tom: the number romney used in his fundraising comments, 47%, may have come from this
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